In case you haven’t been keeping track, for the last two years I’ve predicted the Newbery honor books, but the actual medalist has not made my list. I have a funny feeling I’m not getting it right at all this year. It just didn’t seem like there was a lot of Newbery caliber, and some of the authors I’ve picked already have a medal of some color.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Published by Feiwel and Friends.
Feels like a bit of a long shot to me, but it’s a beautiful story with a timely message, and it has a lot of younger kid appeal, which, as an elementary librarian, I appreciate. Link to Amazon
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Published by Dial Books.
One of my two favorite middle grade novels of the year. But will the committee give an award to a sequel of an honor book? Link to Amazon.
Patina by Jason Reynolds. Published by Atheneum.
Last year, I was hoping Ghost would win. This year, I am hoping Patina will win. Next year, I may be hoping Sunny will win (due out in April, 2018). Link to Amazon.
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. Published by Walden Pond Press.
A beautifully written, mysterious story of orphan children living on an mist-shrouded island. I am still hoping there is a sequel that answers some of my questions. Link to Amazon.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.
My other favorite middle grade novel of 2017. Lauren Wolk was just honored last year for the equally good Wolf Hollow. Will she do it again? All will be revealed on the morning of February 12. Link to Amazon.